Cartography - Archive of Exhibitions Which Closed in 2000

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September 12, 1999 - January 2, 2000 - Minneapolis
The world, maps, and art are the interlocking subjects of a three-part exhibition at the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum on the University of Minnesota's east bank campus. World Views: Maps and Art looks at how different world views present different views of the world and how maps incorporate cultural values and beliefs.
The James Ford Bell Library supplied historical maps for the exhibition, including Martin Waldseemüller's 1507 globe gores, which published the place-name America for the first time. The Bell Library has one of only two known copies of this rare woodcut. Also on display are explorer maps of Minnesota and the upper Midwest, and other historical views.

October 1, 1999 - January 2, 2000 - Chicago
At the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, 1300 South Lake Shore Drive, the reinstallation of Awestruck by the Majesty of the Heavens: Artistic Perspectives from the History of Astronomy Collection. If this exhibit sounds familiar, it was originally displayed at the Chicago Cultural Center from January to March of 1997. The exhibit features 60 maps and prints from the Adler's History of Astronomy Collection, including celestial charts, other astronomical illustrations, and portrait prints.

November 6, 1999 - January 31, 2000 - Rotterdam, the Netherlands
The Maritime Museum in Rotterdam presents the exhibition Om de gehele Wereld Cloot : naar de Oost door de Straat van Magallanes (Around the world; to the East through the Strait of Magellan). The exhibition will focus mainly on Dutch voyages between 1598 and 1615 that traveled though the Strait of Magellan to reach the Indies. Voyagers like Mahu, De Cordes, Olivier van Noort, and Joris van Spilbergen will be featured in the exhibition. Also the voyage of Schouten en Le Maire in 1615 around Cape Horn will be portrayed. Highlights of this small exhibition will be a 16th century English manuscript chart of the Strait of Magellan from the States Archives, and from the museum's own collection the Mercator World map of 1569 and the wall map by Willem Jansz. Blaeu of 1618/1619. Additional information can be obtained from Sjoerd de Meer, curator Maritime Museum Rotterdam.

October 23, 1999 - February 19, 2000 - New York
Seeing is Believing, 700 Years of Scientific and Medical Illustration. New York Public Library, 42nd Street and 5th Avenue. So much of early scientific illustration had to do with astronomy, the Copernican theory, changing worldwide geography, magnetism and magnets, etc. that this exhibit has much to offer those interested in the history of science, as well as the history of cartography. Treasures include Apianus, Astronomicum caesareum, 1540, and Edmond Halley's chart of the English Channel. The exhibit is closed on Sundays. Open 11AM - 6PM Tuesday and Wednesday; and 10AM - 6PM Monday, Thursday through Saturday. Phone (212) 930-0800.

Until February 21, 2000 - Ottawa, Ontario
Canada at Scale: Maps of our History at the National Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington Street. The maps in this exhibition reflect the evolution of cartography in our country: Aboriginal peoples, European colonial powers, Canadians, governments, private industry and academics all produced precious maps. Although some are less appealing aesthetically, they nevertheless are significant as testimonies to the beginning of map printing in this country. From the astrolabe to computers, the history of our country and evolution in technology are laid out before us. They are on the scale of human will and dreams.

January 25, 2000 - February 24, 2000 - Boston
Boston University has three exhibits. The Boston University Art Gallery has an exhibit Mapping Cities which chronicles the key periods of urban map production in seven cities: Jerusalem, Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, London, New York, and Boston; and include several maps from the Harvard Map Collection. The Boston University 808 Gallery has two exhibits: Celestial Images and Orbit: NASA astronauts photograph the Earth. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday: 10 am - 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday: 1-5 pm and are free and open to the public.

November 20, 1999 - February 27, 2000 - Venice
"A Bird's Eye View" Jacopo de' Barbari and Representations of the City in Renaissance Europe at Museo Correr. Opening hours 9am / 5pm, closed on 25 December and 1 January. Access to the exhibition with the inclusive ticket of the integrated tour I Musei di Piazza San Marco.

Jacopo de' Barbari's famous Perspectival View of Venice simply contains the title and the date VENETIE MD - a simple date (the year 1500), which in its very simplicity and concision conveys the idea that the work is indeed a cornerstone and ultimate reference point. The image of the European city (and the image of Venice) lives, we might say, before and after de' Barbari's Venice; its relationship to the city is like a comparison with a sort of pinnacle, an obligatory point of comparison. Thus, on the occasion of the fifth centenary of the View (and alongside Palazzo Grassi's exhibition on The Renaissance in Venice and Painting in Northern Europe), this exhibition aims to highlight the unique nature of de' Barbari's cartographic "monument", conceptualizing it within the history of developments in the methods and forms used for the representation of European cities throughout the Renaissance. That is, both before and after de' Barbari.

Until March 15, 2000 - New York
Visible Traces: Rare Books and Special Collections From the National Library of China at the Queens Borough Public Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica (718) 990-8642. Included in the collection of 68 objects are 8-10 hand drawn maps and etchings.

October 4, 1999 - March 25, 2000 - Portland, Maine
The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, University of Southern Maine, presents Worldly Treasures: A Fifth Anniversary Celebration. This exhibition marks the fifth anniversary of the Osher Map Library. It presents a selection of treasured maps from the OML collections, highlighting recent acquisitions and gifts. The exhibition is not limited to the usual treasures among old maps -- the old, rare, and beautiful -- but also showcases more recent maps that are intellectual treasures. These include early nineteenth-century manuscripts, Sanborn fire insurance atlases and bird's-eye views. Our purpose is to highlight the increasing rarity of, and the need to preserve, such items before they are lost to the historian.

April 3 - 30, 2000 - Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Maps from the Puertas-Mosquera Collection will be on display in the Colexio de Fonseca, an important site of the University of Santiago de Compostela, next to the famous cathedral of this city in northwest Spain. The collection comprises a wide range of 16th to 20th century material. It constitutes the best collection of maps and sea charts of Galicia, in which navigational and territorial themes are presented alongside urban and historical representations, such as the battles of Rande and Elvina. More than 180 maps will be presented.

April - June, 2000 - Madison, Wisconsin Windows on the World, an exhibit of maps drawn from the collections on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Its purpose is to reveal for the general public and university community the tip of an iceberg of historical map resources that has not always been associated with the university. Exhibit Hours are 9AM to 5PM, Monday-Friday. Exhibit Location is 9th Floor of the Memorial Library Department of Special Collections, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 728 State Street.

June 14, 2000 - June 28, 2000 - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Antique Map Exhibition The Island of Hispaniola in the Cartography of the New World at Museo de Las Casas Reales. Information from J. Gonzalez, FairWinds Antique Maps, Tel ++1/212/414.10.58, Fax ++1/212/414.08.76.

May 9, 2000 - August 6, 2000 - Duisburg, Germany
From Flanders to the Lower Rhine - Commerce and Culture overcome boundaries at Kultur- und Stadthistorisches Museum, Johannes-Corputius-Platz 1. Contains maps, town views and plans. Information from +49 203 283.26.56, Fax +49 203 283.43.30.

April 29, 2000 - August 13, 2000 - Washington
The year 2000 marks the 1000-year anniversary of the Vikings' arrival in North America. According to historic documents and now confirmed by archeological finds, Vikings such as Leif Eriksson sailed west across the North Atlantic from their homelands in northern Europe, eventually reaching the northeast coast of North America in 1000 A.D. It was at that moment when Europeans and Native North Americans first met. The National Museum of Natural History will commemorate this historic event with a major traveling exhibition and educational initiative called Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga. This interactive exhibit will emphasize the historical link between Europe and North America while exploring how we come to know our past and the relevance the past has for the future.

More than two hundred artifacts will be on display. Included is an analysis of the Vinland Map, reinforcing the suspicion that this purported medieval map of the new world is a forgery.

June 6, 2000 - September 2, 2000 - Surrey, England
Mapping the Past: an exhibition of Surrey's mapmakers, historians and artists, 1620-1830, at Surrey History Centre, 230 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 1ND. The exhibition will feature estate and town maps of seventeenth-century Surrey, ranging from Losely near Guildford to the Thames at Bankside. Many are on parchment and are richly detailed and highly coloured. Admission (from 09.30 hours) free. Closed on Sundays, Mondays, and on Bank Holiday Saturday 26 August. It may be helpful (and encouraging) to know that Woking is on a fast train service from a main London terminus (Waterloo). For further details: phone: 01483 594594 or email:

June 22, 2000 - September 24, 2000 - Antwerp, Belgium
Funny Globes in the Museum voor Fotografie, Waalse Kaai 47. The exhibition shows photos made by Jean-Paul Deridder of the globes in different situations and circumstances. You see globes "on the street" as objects of advertisement, art, but also globes in strange situations in shop windows.

June 22, 2000 - September 24, 2000 - Antwerp, Belgium
Orbis Terrarum at Museum Plantin-Moretus. This exhibition about cartography and contemporary art has two important anchorages: the first historical atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius from 1570 and the Officina Plantiniana, now the Museum Plantin-Moretus, where the atlas was produced. Thirty-six contemporary artists of international fame provide a contemporary perspective on the transformation of the world's image.

May 11, 2000 - September 30, 2000 - Luxembourg
Il était une fois la Terre et I'Espace - les Globes à travers quatre siècles d'histoire (Planet earth and space - Globes of four centuries), an exhibition of globes from the collection of Prof Rudolf Schmidt President of the Internationale Coronelli-Gesellschaft (Vienna); Banque de Luxembourg, 41 Av. J.F. Kennedy, L-1855 Luxembourg, open Mon. to Fri. 9 - 18h, Sat. 9.30 - 17h., admission free. Info from Tel ++352/49/924.39.71, guided tour Tel ++352/49/924.45.06.

July 8, 2000 - October 15, 2000 - Greenwich, Connecticut
Earth's Elusive Shores: The Art of Mapping After 1500 at Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, 1 Museum Drive, phone 203- 869-0376. The exhibition features more than forty antique maps and sea charts, all printed in woodcut or engraved, most hand-colored, and all dating after 1520. These early maps and charts demonstrate the progressive if sometimes eccentric shaping of the continents and seas by gifted Renaissance cartographers and publishers, few of whom ever ventured beyond their studios to see the real world they were mapping. On view are maps covering the known world in general, the American continents in particular, some of the seven seas, a few unrecognizable lands, and some wholly invented ones.

March 25, 2000 - October 29, 2000 - Bath, England
The American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, has an exhibition Painted Countries-The Production and Decoration of Early Maps. The earliest map on display is a manuscript zodiacal chart from the 12th century copy of Macrobius' "Commentary on the Dream of Scipio." The Dallas Pratt Collection of Historical Maps, housed at the Museum, consists of over 200 early world maps and pre-1600 Americana, most of which are printed, and a selection is on display for this exhibition in the New Gallery. Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 2-00-5.00, and Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday 11.00-5.00. Contact: Anne Armitage. Tel: 01225 460 503. Fax: 01225 480 726.

May 30, 2000 - November 20, 2000 - Bruges, Belgium
Windows onto Bruges - Five centuries of living culture (1400-1900) (also contains maps and views of Bruges and its environs). Gruuthusemuseum, Dijver 17, B-8000 Brugge, open every day, 9.30 - 17h, admission BEF 200. Info from Tel ++32/(0)50/44.87.11 Fax ++32/(0)50/44.87.78.

August 25, 2000 - December 3, 2000 - Helsinki, Finland
Terra Cognita Exhibition including a richly illustrated exhibition book (200 pages in 3 languages: Finnish, Swedish and English), and a CD with rare historical maps from the Adolf Erik Nordenkiold Collection. The Collection is very rich in older atlases and maps, especially Ptolemaic Atlases (altogether 49 different atlases). The Collection has been included in the Memory of the World Register of UNESCO. The Snellman Hall, Snellmaninkatu 2, Helsinki. Beneath the Cathedral. Open Mon-Fri 10-20, Sat-Sun 11-18. Information and guided tours: Tel. +035 (9) 169 4053.

September 15, 2000 - December 17, 2000 - Brussels, Belgium
Le Peintre et l'Arpenteur: Images de Bruxelles et de l'ancien duchéé de Brabant' [The Painter and the Surveyor: Imaging Brussels and the Former Duchy of Brabant] at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Museum of Ancient Art, 3 rue de la Régence, 1000 Brussels. The exhibition proposes to explore the universe of exchange and discovery with the example of the former duchy of Brabant. Structured around different themes, the exhibition will explore the ways in which the city and its surroundings were represented, as well as the artistic, cultural and sometimes even historical significance of the images. Special attention will be given to the city of Brussels, one of the cultural capitals of Europe in the year 2000, which then enjoyed the prestige of being a court residence. To achieve all this, the exhibition will display about 170 works from the 16th to 18th centuries, including paintings by Herri met de Bles, Antoon van Dyck and Hercules Seghers. It will also exhibit numerous drawings, by such masters as Pieter Jansz. Saenredam and Bernard van Orley. The latter created the designs for the famous Chasses de Maximilien tapestries. The travel albums of the Italian Remigio Cantagallina will offer a unique look into the region of Brussels at the beginning of the 17th century. Drawn from museums across Europe, collections of engravings, treaties, maps and precious measuring instruments will complete the displays. Additional information can be obtained by e-mail.

September 16, 2000 - December 2000 - Reykjavik, Iceland
The National and University Library of Iceland will be exhibiting their collection of old maps of Iceland in conjunction with the IMCoS Symposium in Reykjavik An exhibition catalogue in colour will be printed and it will include pictures of several of the Library's maps and two articles briefly covering the history of the cartography of Iceland.